Vermont Headstones

Gonna kick off the first hour this week with a field recording by Stewart Read taken at the historic Rockingham (Vermont) Meeting House of a performance of the evocative contemporary classical Vermont Headstones song cycle composed by Stanley Charkey and performed by Donald Wilkinson on voice, Mary Cicconetti on oboe, and Anya Schemetyeva on viola.

Starts at 7:00 PM Eastern on WOOL-FM 91.5 in these parts, and streaming live from in the other parts.

Sam Creigh In the House

Sam’s gonna be back in the studio with us this week at 7:00! It’s been almost a year since the last time, so it’s probably safe again by now. He’s promised to bring his guitar, and he let it spill that he’s written a jingle for WOOL so we’ll be sure to strangle that out of him.

As (almost) always, it’s an open studio so feel free to drop in. If you’re a musician, bring your music thing and back him up; if you’re an aficionado, bring your aficio and clap along.

WOOL-FM 91.5 around here, streaming from over there, studio’s at 33 Bridge St in Bellows Falls, phone number’s 802-460-9665 ext 100, showtime’s 7:00 PM on Wednesday.

David Olney Interview, plus the fabled Hungrytown In-Studio

Every now and then I manage to scrape a show together that’s a really good monster. This week’s will be one of those. Seriously, catch it if you can. A conversation with David Olney will kick it off – that’s right, the big-deal Nashville songer who’s written with and been covered by Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Del McCoury, and the list goes on.

And then in the second hour, I’m trotting out that super-fun in-studio with Hungrytown from just over a year ago. It’s time to soak in that wide-ranging good time again.

Here’s the thing: David Olney, with bassist Daniel Seymour, plus Hungrytown are performing in Wardsboro VT on July 22. And, amazingly, it’s a paltry $10 ticket. Yow. I think that has a lot to do with Wardsboro Curtain Call, the fine people mounting this show, being an all-volunteer effort. Much like your favorite community radio station, WOOL-FM. Find details about the show at

2014 interviews REDUX

About a month and a half ago, I was going to replay a couple big-deal interviews I did in 2014 with Mary Gauthier and Gurf Morlix. But, as you’ll recall, the whole damn station went down for about three hours just as they were about to start.

Well, I’m going to try again this week starting in the 8:00 PM hour. Gauthier and Gurf… plus a newer one with The Ladles, because Lucy Wainwright Roche and Suzzy Roche played at Next Stage last weekend and The Ladles remind me of the Roches.

First hour will be PSAs and papers!

Ticket Giveaway: Lucy Wainwright Roche + Suzzy Roche

Psst. This is Mark from Monsters and Hamsters, Wednesday nights from 7 to 9. Lucy Wainwright Roche is gonna be playing Next Stage in Putney on Saturday, May 13, and she’s bringing her mom, Suzzy Roche. I’ve got a couple pair of tickets to give away on my next show. The Roche family is like the Baldwin brothers, but better: it’s music instead of acting, and there’s more of ’em. Lucy cut her teeth singing backup for her brother Rufus Wainwright, opening for her dad Loudon Wainwright III, and touring and performing with folks like Dar Williams, Neko Case, Amos Lee, The Indigo Girls, and Over the Rhine. Her mom Suzzy was in one of modern folk’s most celebrated bands, The Roches. More info about the May 13 concert online at… and I’ll have tickets to give away during my show sometime after 7:00 this Wednesday night, May 10. Tune in: Monsters & Hamsters on WOOL-FM 91.5 or streaming everywhere from

Lucy Wainwright Roche with special guest Suzzy Roche

Tony Elliott

Somehow I didn’t post this fun and impromptu insider conversation that I had with Tony. I’ll fix that now.

Gretchen Peters interview

One of a pair of interviews with co-headliners Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilkyson, who will be performing at Next Stage Arts in Putney VT on April 30 (2017). Between them they have like four Grammy nods and wins, a gajillion awards, almost 40 albums, and a coupla big hearts and brains. The track “Blackbirds” from the album “Blackbirds” and re-released on “The Essential Gretchen Peters” (both on Scarlet Letter Records) is included with the permission of the artist.

Eliza Gilkyson interview

One of a pair of interviews with co-headliners Eliza Gilkyson and Gretchen Peters, who will be performing at Next Stage Arts in Putney VT on April 30 (2017). Between them they have like four Grammy nods and wins, a gajillion awards, almost 40 albums, and a coupla big hearts and brains. The track “The Great Correction” from the album “Beautiful World” on Red House Records is included with the permission of the artist.

2014 interviews: Mary Gauthier and Gurf Morlix

UPDATE. Yeah, so that second hour didn’t go too well. Apologies. We had an IP issue and the whole danged station went down for a couple hours starting right before 8:00. So I’m gonna try to run those interviews again, probably next week.

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First hour this week, not sure yet.

But since I think I’ll be taking a whack at interviewing the Roots On The River performers again this year (see for the lineup and all the details), in the 8:00 hour I’m gonna trot out a chat I had with Mary Gauthier, who will be back at the Meeting House to close out the festival again this year, as is tradition. See her website at and her Wikipedia page at

I also had Gurf Morlix in the studio that year before his concert at the Windham Ballroom, so I’m going to make it a 2014 theme. Plus, he produced one of Mary’s albums and played on others. He’s one of those legends that a lot of people haven’t heard of. See his website at and scroll through his huge list of credits on Discogs at